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Legal Resources

To help people seeking an attorney in North Carolina, Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law has developed a list of legal resources that may be helpful. Most people have never needed an attorney and are unfamiliar with their legal rights or where to start. The listings below are intended to offer general information about legal resources and help you get started if you wish to do some research on your own. Helping people in the Triangle area and throughout North Carolina deal with legal issues is what our dedicated attorneys and staff do every day. We are focused on client service.

Hardison & Cochran is a highly regarded North Carolina law firm that handles cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability.  Our attorneys understand the laws that apply to your injury claim based on years of experience. Hardison & Cochran was named among the “Best Law Firms” in the most recent edition of U.S. News—Best Lawyers. If you have sustained a personal injury or have been denied workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits, our attorneys at Hardison & Cochran are available to review your legal matter. Our experience allows us to identify options to resolving your legal issue that may not be obvious.

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Lawyers, Attorneys and Legal Research Links

General Legal Resources

  • American Bar Association The ABA’s website provides information on continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. Although geared toward lawyers, judges and their profession, the website is also a helpful resource for the individual.
  • American Association for Justice A national organization, the Association for Justice supports the work of trial attorneys who advocate for individuals who have been injured through the misconduct or negligence of others and who help individuals and families rebuild their lives after serious injuries. It contains a public directory for the public to search for attorneys who are members of the Association for Justice.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates The Board of Trial Advocates is a national organization of attorneys and judges dedicated to the preservation of our civil justice system and the right of trial by jury.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Martindale-Hubbell is a highly regarded legal directory containing more than one million listings of attorneys and law firms. It allows people to search for an attorney based on the area of practice, type of client and peer review ratings.
  • Legal Information Institute – Cornell University The not-for-profit website, based at Cornell Law School in New York, provides free legal information to the public. The website does not offer legal advice, but is a resource intended to make it easier for everyone including non-lawyers to access and understand the law and their rights and responsibilities under the law.
  • Wex Wex is a free legal dictionary sponsored by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.
  • Guide to Evaluating Legal Information Online—American Association of Law Libraries
    The guide is designed to help the general public evaluate legal information found on the internet. It lists issues to consider when deciding whether a website offers reliable and up-to-date information.

North Carolina Legal Organizations

  • N.C. State Bar The N.C. State Bar is a government agency, based in Raleigh, tasked with the responsibility of regulating the 28,000 licensed attorneys in North Carolina. The mission of the State Bar is to protect the public and the system of justice. The N.C. State Bar’s website includes resources to help members of the public select a lawyer including a searchable membership directory indicating whether a lawyer is eligible to practice law in North Carolina and a database of public disciplinary actions against lawyers in North Carolina.  It also provides information about client rights and responsibilities
  • N.C. Board of Law Examiners The Board administers the bar examination
  • N.C. Board of Legal Specialization The Board designates North Carolina attorneys who have obtained additional training and education in a specific area of law and passed a written exam as board-certified specialists. Board certification is an effective means to help members of the public find a qualified attorney to help with a legal matter in a specific practice area such as workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability law or family law. Approximately 3.7 percent of 27,000 registered attorneys in North Carolina are legal certified specialists.
  • N.C. Advocates for Justice N.C. Advocates for Justice, formerly known as the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, is a nonpartisan organization of legal professionals dedicated to representing people who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others, injured workers fighting for their rights in the workplace, the disabled, people dealing with family problems and those accused of crimes. The website includes a Find a Lawyer Directory.
  • N.C. Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service The N.C. Bar Association is a non-governmental, voluntary statewide professional organization that includes more than 20,000 lawyers, judges, paralegals and law students as members. The Bar Association’s Referral Service seeks to provide people who call seeking legal assistance with the name of a lawyer located near the individual. The referral service provides nearly 50,000 referrals annually. The service does not provide referrals to lawyers that represent clients for free. When you contact the lawyer’s office, you should ask about the legal fee for a consultation.
  • This is the Law Pamphlets A series of free pamphlets prepared by the N.C. Bar Association’s Communications Committee that address general questions about specific legal issues such as buying a home, child custody and child support, filing for bankruptcy, domestic violence, landlords and tenants, living wills, marriage and divorce in North Carolina, and wills and trusts.
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina A statewide non-profit law firm, Legal Aid of North Carolina provides free legal services to low income people in civil matters involving basic needs such as safety, protection from domestic violence shelter, protection from abusive debt collection practices and retaining employment. Legal Aid attorneys do not handle personal injury cases, traffic cases or divorce cases.
  • Law Help NC A joint project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the N.C. Equal Justice Alliance, and the N.C. Bar Association Foundation, the website is designed to help low income individuals understand  legal issues and provide easy to understand legal information.

North Carolina Courts

  • N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts North Carolina’s court system is a state operated and funded court system that has three divisions: district court, superior court and the appellate courts. The appellate courts include the N.C. Court of Appeals and the N.C. Supreme Court. The Administrative Office of the Courts is a government agency that administers the state court system.
  • N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings This quasi-judicial agency provides independent administrative law judges to hear contested cases involving administrative law. Among its duties, the OAH has responsibility to investigate alleged unlawful employment practices involving state and local government employees covered by the State Personnel Act.
  • The North Carolina Court System The site provides information on the North Carolina Court System and programs offered through the Courts.
  • N.C. Business Court The Business Court is an administrative division of the North Carolina court system that handles cases involving complicated issues of commercial and corporate law. These cases are assigned by the Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court to a Special Superior Court Judge who then oversees all aspects of the case.

U.S. Courts

Workers’ Compensation

  • North Carolina Industrial Commission The Industrial Commission is a state agency that administers the Workers’ Compensation Act and hears workers’ compensation claims. The website contains information about the insurance coverage that employers in North Carolina are required to provide employees.
  • If You Have Been Injured at Work A list of initial steps an employee should take if he or she has been injured at work. The N.C. Industrial Commission prepared the information.
  • N.C. Workers’ Compensation Act The law detailing the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees after a workplace accident in North Carolina.

We hope the above resources are helpful. The quickest way to find out whether you have a valid legal claim in North Carolina is to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer. Hardison & Cochran has offices in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Dunn, Greensboro, Southern Pines and Wilmington. We offer a free, no obligation consultation. The initial consultations are typically done by phone. We can review the specific details of your legal matter and discuss your legal options.

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